Universities and tertiary institutions play a major role in the development of young professionals in South Africa. A university is an institution of higher education and research which awards academic degrees in various academic disciplines. They provide undergraduate education and postgraduate education.
The closing of the matric door is the opening to the door of a tertiary institution. Applications to gain entry to the university/tertiary institution are usually done for those who are still matriculating during their matric year, they apply and are required to provide their mid-year report, and as the year progresses their final results are the final decider whether they meet the requirements to be able to be accepted in the university/tertiary institution.
Entry requirements are set out by a university in order to quickly evaluate whether someone is suitable for a course that he or she are applying for. They usually require a certain level of grades one must achieve to indicate whether or not an applicant has the skills and knowledge for that course.
Universities also look at subjects, we may notice that when we look at entry requirements, they also require a certain subject, subjects like Maths literacy are sometimes not required or are required but need to be achieved at a higher level than that of pure Mathematics. The specific subjects that are required are essential, and at times more of a preference and can help you with your application.
When it comes to entry requirements some universities may not accept certain subjects, or they may request extra requirements if you apply with these subjects, and they usually don’t accept your application if your grades are at a certain level. Some whose grades are at a level required by the university but fell short are given the opportunity to bridge for example, University of South Africa (UNISA) is well known for having a bridging course which is one year, that than enables the student to be able to carry on studying for their qualification, University of Kwa Zulu Natal (UKZN) has a programme where they help those who fell short in their mathematics to take a 2 week bridging course to improve their results.
Universities/tertiary institutions offer courses, a course is a collection of modules. These modules are divided into semesters, at the completion of the modules the students receive their qualification. The courses have a particular time, some are 3 years and some are more, in the university the students are required to grade at a certain level in order to gain their qualification. Courses can be compulsory and some can be elective, an elective is a course that is usually not required, at times electives are required for certain majors.
Courses are also the reason why the universities require entry requirements, students who are not able to perform at required subjects during their school year would struggle with some courses.
Universities and tertiary institutions transform people’s lives, through education and research, as we know that in the tertiary institution research is offered in a much broader/wider impact. In the university students are developed in knowledge and in skill, these tools which an employer would need from an employee. A person with a university/tertiary education has a better opportunity in the work industry because universities are major contributors to a better economy in our country.
Universities and tertiary institutions are important in our country, the research done in universities benefits everyone, creating businesses and jobs, bringing a wealth of knowledge in our society (knowledge about HIV/AIDS etc.) and stimulation culture. They are anchors in their regions, providing the society with educated minds which carry the potential not only to improve our economy but leave a permanent mark in the world.